The number 240 is written in ink on Daxter Miles' right forearm. It is one of many tattoos that line his arms, each with a different reason to be permanently displayed on his skin.
“My tattoos mean a lot to me,” Miles said this week, scanning the various words, numbers and images. “A lot of people will be like, man, you've got a lot of tattoos, but they don't really get close and look at them and see what they mean.”
It starts with that number, 240 Bond St., the address where Miles grew up in East Baltimore City. Now a freshman guard for the West Virginia University basketball team, the road to Morgantown began back at 240.
This wasn't the address behind a white picket fence, but rather his place in the projects.
“I'm from East Baltimore City,” Miles said with more than a hint of pride. “I'm from the trenches. I'm from the real deal where you hear the ‘fireworks,' but they're not fireworks.”